Took some new gear out for a spin at Brand Hatch to make sure everything worked smoothly for the start of the CSCC season. A new challenge filming bikes! A little bit different for me and not as much fun being stuck behind the fences!
And that really is the end of the year for the CSCC. What a year it was!
I’ve always toyed with the idea of filming anamorphic. Those lovely lens flares and, erm, well just those lens flares really. But dropping a small fortune on a lens that would get limited use meant it just wasn’t an option. If only there was a cheap way of getting those glorious flares.
Turns out there is. Moment sell a cheap(ish) lens adapter for the iPhone. Their ads had been nagging me for a while on Instagram but they hadn’t really sunk in. They kinda clicked when I treated myself to a new iPhone (the iPhone 11 Pro) and in the process of choosing a new case I reminded myself of the Moment anamorphic lens. So a few days later I had the lens adapter in my hands!
Bottom line, it’s not bad! It does exactly what it claims and I’ve got some lovely lens flares and don’t have to crop the top and bottom to get that cinematic look. Nice! Not sure I’ll use it much, but it’s a nice little tool to have in the box.
And just like that it was the last race of the CSCC season. Just the end of year video to go!
I’ve had the pleasure of filming at a few tracks for the first time this year. Anglesey, Thruxton and Spa have all been great fun with their own unique challenges. But despite being new to me biggest challenge remains the same as any other circuit or the calendar: getting a wide variety of shots, covering all the series in the CSCC.
Thruxton was no exception. As usual I spent Saturday morning soaking up the atmosphere in the paddock, the headed out to explore vantage points during qualifying. Despite the lack of features, it’s a great track to film. The open nature of the circuit makes it easy to access most areas, giving you the ability to cover a number of corners and still make it back to the pits during a race.
What a great track for my first overseas filming trip! The weather was hot to say the least, but that didn’t distract from a fab weekend of filming.